The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy nominated Justin Hartley (Adam Newman) is featured in the latest edition of CBS Watch! Magazine on sale now. It’s rare that the publication features anyone from the daytime soap opera genre, but Hartley is one of those exceptions for many a reason.
In a piece by On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman for Watch!, Hartley discussed: his decision to come back to daytime from a successful primetime career (Revenge, Smallville, Mistresses), taking on the role of the black sheep of the Newman clan, making the role his own, as well as discussed a dash of his personal life. Here are a few excerpts from the feature below.
In terms of how he envisions Adam, and those that call the character a soap ‘bad boy’, Hartley says, “I don’t think he (Adam) thinks he is a bad boy. Adam is the smartest guy in the room … so he thinks.”
Justin also adds about his alter-ego, “Something always implodes on him, and it’s usually brought on by himself. He’s a lover and a fighter—skewed 60/40 one way or another at any given time. He leads with his heart, his fist and his brain.”
Hartley went on to share just how much he is relishing the role on the CBS daytime drama series. In a year and half since he took over the role Adam, the character has been kidnapped, assumed a false identity, and when the Newman family and the town of Genoa City realized that the believed-to-be-dead Adam was very much alive, and Adam didn’t tell anyone not even his wife, Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), it set the stage for a major fallout and reveal that gave Y&R some of its best Emmy-worthy moments of last season.
“At the risk of making my co-stars angry, I think Adam is the best role on television right now,” Hartley shared. “On paper, Adam is a perfect character; my plan was to shift it to where I wanted it. A good role is a good role—I don’t care if it’s on a stage, on daytime or primetime, it doesn’t matter. It’s the best job I have ever had. I’m very happy.”
So, are you enjoying Justin Hartley’s performance as Adam Newman? How do you see/view Adam … part villain/part anti-hero? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.